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Bergenheim close to return; roster move needed

DALLAS - Islanders winger Sean Bergenheim missed his 15th game since suffering a rib injury Dec. 8 in Philadelphia.

Although Bergenheim is close to rejoining the Islanders' lineup, the team would have to make a corresponding roster move to take him off the injured list.

"Right now, we have a roster situation and it's a delicate issue," coach Scott Gordon said. "With the injury that [Bergenheim] has, you have the benefit of giving him some extra time to make sure he's not one slap shot or one exertion away from reinjuring himself."

The logical move from a financial standpoint would be to send defenseman Andrew MacDonald to Bridgeport, given that MacDonald is on a two-way contract, but Gordon said earlier this week that his play has warranted a roster spot among the Islanders' defensemen.

Said Gordon, "I don't want to take Andrew MacDonald out of the lineup and he's the only guy that we could move and not disrupt our situation."

Bergenheim has four goals and seven assists in 30 games this season.

Sim on a roll

Former Star Jon Sim, who played for Dallas from 1998-2003, entered Friday night's game with four goals in the past five games.

Gordon said that type of offensive production has been overdue for the hard-working and always-agitating Sim.

"I think he was a little snakebitten; now it's going in for him," Gordon said. "It probably helps playing with a guy like Rob [Schremp] who can get the puck to the net and make plays. Also Josh [Bailey] coming around on the wing has complemented him." The Bailey-Schremp-Sim trio had totaled 15 points in the previous five games.

Roloson gets rest

Goaltender Dwayne Roloson was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. Martin Biron was the backup goaltender behind Rick DiPietro. Jeff Tambellini and Freddy Meyer also were scratched.

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